Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Benns mss., 1914-1996, consist of the correspondence and papers of the F. Lee Benns family, and particularly of Kate Lee (Benns) Robinson Sturgeon, 1916-1997. Frank Lee Benns was professor of history at Indiana University from 1920-1945; his papers are in the Indiana University Archives. Kate Lee was the only child of the Benns's. She was schooled in Bloomington, graduated from Indiana University in the late 1930s, and married Keith Bates Robinson, a newspaper publisher in Rensselaer, Indiana. They had one child, Schuyler Lee Robinson, b. 1941, who died of complications from Hodgkin's disease in 1973. Following her husband's death in 1989, Kate returned to Bloomington and subsequently married widower, Robert Sturgeon, professor emeritus of Economics at IU. She died in Bloomington in 1997.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Photographs; III. Financial; IV. Miscellaneous.

The correspondence is arranged in chronological order and is primarily of Kate with her parents and of her son, Schuyler, with both his parents and grandparents, particularly while he was an undergraduate and one semester law school student at Indiana University.

A box and folder list is available.

Gift. Kate Lee Sturgeon. Bloomington, IN 1995

Collection size: 700 items

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